Crescent Volunteer and Service Opportunities
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
- Kahil Gibran, The Prophet
Crescent believes that volunteering outside of the school is an important component of a full and balanced education. It is an integral part of Crescent's mission of preparing our students to lead a full and meaningful life and to be contributing members of society. While the school does assist students in finding opportunities for volunteer work, it needs to be stressed that ultimately it is the responsibility of each student to find and complete his community service requirement.
Each Crescent student is expected to complete a minimum of 40 hours of documented volunteer work during his time in the Upper School and before graduation. The number of hours is reduced slightly for students who join Crescent after grade 10. At the start of each year all grade 9 students, and new Upper School students, participate in an information session in which the process of participating in volunteer hours is explained. Students are also directed to review Crescent’s Volunteer Service Handbook. It provides instructions on how to get ready for volunteer service, what the school expects of each student, and what a typical agency expects of any volunteer.
Any work for a not-for-profit organization is acceptable as volunteer work. It might also be work a student creates on his own, such as planting trees, or cleaning up a public area. However, formal documentation must be provided that attests to the boy’s service hours in a particular activity.